By Meredith Maxwell ’21, Sports Editor
After going an incredible 43 – 17, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the heavy favorites for this year’s World Series championship. It has been 32 years since the Dodgers last won a World Series. Although they have gotten close many times, including in 2017 and 2018, the Dodgers have been plagued by last minute failures.
Anyone can see the Dodgers’ immense dominance this year, not just in the National League, but within the entire MLB. After signing right fielder Mookie Betts to a 12-year, $365 million contract, it was made clear during the off season that the Dodgers had their sights set on winning at any cost. The team’s talented hitting lineup, led by Betts, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger, is promising. On top of that, the Dodgers have, arguably, one of the best bullpens in the league with Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and a number of other powerful relievers.
After their recent quick win and dominance against the Milwaukee Brewers, Dodger doubters were quickly silenced. Though the team only scored seven runs, the power of their pitcher ensured a quick and swift victory. Then the Dodgers also quickly closed out their NLDS series with a sweep against the San Diego Padres, not an easy team to beat. The Dodgers now move on to face the Braves in the NLCS in Globe Life Field next week.
Overall, the Dodgers roster is stacked this year and is without a doubt, one of the best Dodger teams in history. Hopefully the team can avoid injuries and ride its current momentum all the way through to a championship.
Caption: The Dodgers sweep the Padres and now face the Braves in the NLCS. (Photo Credit: Sue Ogrock/AP)